Friday, March 05, 2010

JKstat 0.34

I've just pushed out a minor update to JKstat.

The change here (apart from a couple of minor bugfixes and a jnetloadfx example to remind me what JavaFX looked like) is the addition of a class to update multiple accessories together. Previously, in demos such as iostat and cpustate, each item had its own timer loop and was responsible for handling its own updates. This was especially apparent in the kmemalloc example in SolView - it was obvious that separate widgets weren't being updated simultaneously.

Now I can just have a single update loop that updates multiple accessories. Not only does it look neater, but there are noticeable improvements in memory and cpu usage from only having one timer instead of many.

Coming up next is more related work. The ability to read historical kstat -p output works fine, but requires some changes so that you step through the data rather than continuously updating in time. (If you think about it for a moment, the class I mentioned above is one example of updating the time and then telling the world to update, so it's - albeit only tangentially - related.) These changes are likely to be a bit complex, so I also decided to cut a version before starting to make more significant changes to the code.

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